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Tohoshinki – Why? (Keep Your Head Down) January 27, 2011

Filed under: Tohoshinki — solarblade @ 12:23 am

Track Listing

  1. Why? (Keep Your Head Down)
  2. MAXIMUM
  3. Why? (Keep Your Head Down) -Night Rod man Regeneration Mix- (CD only)
  4. Why? (Keep Your Head Down) -Less Vocal-
  5. MAXIMUM -Less Vocal-

1. Why? (Keep Your Head Down)

If you’ve been living under a rock this last month, then you should be ashamed.  This is actually Tohoshinki’s first single in Japan since three of the members decided to go AWOL on the group.  Also to note, Why? (Keep Your Head Down) is a Japanese take on the main track of their Korean album they released earlier in the month.  There’s not much I can say that I already had in the Korean version, but I will say that the original sounds much more refined and natural for them…plus YUNHO doesn’t sound amazingly nasal in the song.  I know this is a bit of nitpicking…but why couldn’t they changed the ~Wae~ to Why?  I mean lazyness for sure!

2. MAXIMUM

Also a JPN take on the song that was released earlier in the month, MAXIMUM, is quite an interesting dance track from the boys.  While it’s not as forceful and powerful like the A-side, this song actually sounds right being sung in Japanese which is great because YUNHO sounds great and so does CHANGMIN with his lines.  While I think it could’ve been easily a double A-side single, MAXIMUM is pretty good!

3. Why? (Keep Your Head Down) -Night Rod man Regeneration Mix-

The only relatively “new” think for the single is the remix for the A-side.  I don’t think nothing could really surpass the original but it seems other people don’t think the same.  While the song is more lighthearted than the original, it still feels odd listening to the JPN lyrics for the song and the feel doesn’t feel right for the remix.  Crappy remix!

For being THSK’s “comeback single” after the entire debacle, I wasn’t surprised that the main songs were just Japanese sprinkled versions of their Korean stuff.  As such Why? feels too weird for me and I much prefer the Korean version while I love the Japanese version of MAXIMUM more than the original.  Also, the remix?  Yeah it’s pretty bad for remixes let’s be honest.  Hopefully the next single is an original track and not the KOR>JPN transfer.

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